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The best mp3 player options you've got under $200 are certainly the Apple units, followed by Sony, Cowan and others. These players feature excellent storage, great battery life, touch screen interfaces and Bluetooth too. So scroll down our listing below to check out specs, reviews and buying options.

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Cowon X9

Cowon White X9 8 GB Digital Media Player


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Cowon X9
Apple iPod Touch 4th Gen. Black
Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation
Sony Walkman NWZ-S544
Apple iPod Nano 5th Generation
Cowon White X9 8 GB Digital Media Player
Apple iPod Touch fourth Generation 64 GB Digital Media Player
Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation 64GB Black MP3 Player
Sony Walkman NWZ-S544VLT 8GB Violet MP3 Player  2 4  LCD  Flash Drive  FM Tuner  6 5 Hours Video  42 Hours Audio
Apple iPod nano 5th Generation Silver  16 GB  MP3 Player
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Release Date
Aug 2012
Sep 2010
Sep 2009
Sep 2009
Sep 2009
Main Storage Type
Micro SD Card
Built-in Memory
Internal Flash Drive
Built-in Memory
Internal Flash Drive
Storage Capacity
8.0 GB
64.0 GB
64.0 GB
8.0 GB
16.0 GB
Expansion Slots
microSD
Without Expansion Slots
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Number of Songs
2000.0
16000.0
14000.0
2000.0
4000.0
Use
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing

  • The Cowon X9 is the latest portable MP3 and video player from the Korean audio brand. However, in some respects it feels like a step back when compared with older models. Its touchscreen is resistive, its display low-res and it doesn't have the storage to justify the bulky design. Cowon needs to get with the times, or it'll soon be game over.


  • The Cowon X9 is available in three variants - 8GB, priced at Rs. 11,999, 16GB at Rs. 13,200 and 32GB priced at Rs. 15,500. Those prices simply do not justify the devices capabilities. With 7-inch tablets available for much less with features such as HDMI out plus full HD video palyback, the Cowon X9 with it's ridiculously high battery capacity and even it's onboard storage doesn't stand a chance.


  • Apple's fourth-generation iPod delivers notable improvements to an already excellent product--and at a lower price.


  • Apple's slimmed-down, slicker-than-ever iPod nano responds to your movements, creates playlists it thinks you'll like, and makes the competition look like a bunch of clunkers.


  • Compelling, extremely versatile device is almost a full-fledged iPhone.


  • The iPod Touch is the best iPod yet, offering all the fun of the iPhone experience without a carrier contract or monthly bill.


  • There are few major changes from last year's touch: The best iPod around gets a speed boost, a capacity increase, a lower price tag, and some modest Genius feature improvements. One thing remains the same: The competition is still lagging.


  • Functionally, the new iPod touch models are identical to the second-generation models we reviewed last year, especially when updated to version 3.1 of the iPhone OS. What we said then still goes: the iPod touch is a terrific media player and portable computing device that doesn't require any of the commitments or ongoing costs of the iPhone. The new high-end models add the blazing speed of the iPhone 3GS, making them even better for games.


  • The sum of the NWZ-S710F's audio enhancement and noise-canceling features adds up to one of the most pleasant and private music experiences you can have for less than $200.


  • The NWZ-S738F is an audiophile's player, with top-notch earbuds and great sound, but it isn't the best choice for video.


  • Sony's mid-level MP3 player competes with the iPod nano, and while it is superior for video or photo viewing, the interface doesn't hold a candle to Apple's tried and tested iPod menu system. If you're a multimedia enthusiast and don't mind the lack of Wi-Fi, we'd seriously consider getting the Sony NWZ-S544 instead of Apple's nano.


  • No other MP3 player on the planet packs more features, from video to a pedometer, into a smaller package than the overachieving Apple iPod Nano.


  • The ultrathin iPod Nano now has a video camera, a radio, and a pedometer.


  • The candybar design and colours will undoubtedly sway many teetering on the edge of to Nano or not to Nano, and the addition of an FM radio and pedometer will go down well with those looking for a lightweight device to take jogging or to cart around as their primary media player. We doubt the video camera alone will entice that many people to upgrade, but with a range of useful features the fifth generation is the sleekest and most enticing version yet. For the price it will be hard to beat.